Collaborations are nothing new in the craft beer World. In fact, collaborations have produced some truly amazing beers. Some examples that come to mind include Juicy Hop Bomb Double IPA from Georgetown Brewing & Two Beers Brewing (CBM Sponsor), Fist Bump from Cloudburst Brewing & Stoup Brewing and, of course, the popular 3-Way IPA Series from Fort George Brewing and the numerous other breweries they have partnered with for that series.
Collaboration beers have become so popular that they have even inspired the creation of collaboration-focused festivals such as the Washington Beer Collaboration Festival (Aug. 19, 2017). Now, I’ve learned about yet another new series of collaborations taking place in what has been dubbed the Bottle Shop Collaboration Project. 11 Seattle area bottle shops are teaming up with several local craft breweries to create some special collaborative releases.
The first beer up in this unique new series is called Soul Proprietor IPA and is being brewed by Cloudburst Brewing Company, known well for their proliferation of many different and excellent IPAs. Loaded up with Chinnok, Citra and Galaxy hops, as well as Mosaic hop dust, I’m sure Soul Proprietor won’t disappoint. The Bottle Shop Collaboration Project will team up with other local breweries for future Collaboration Project beers, but exactly which breweries those will be and what style(s) of beers they’ll produce is still under wraps.
Here is the full list of participating bottle shops:
- Bottleworks (Seattle)
- Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District (Seattle)
- Chuck’s Hop Shop Greenwood (Seattle)
- Edison City Alehouse (Tacoma)
- Elizabeth Station (Bellingham)
- Malt And Vine (Redmond)
- Pint Defiance (Tacoma)
- Special Brews (Lynnwood)
- TeKu Tavern (Seattle)
- The Beer Authority (Seattle)
- The Beer Junction (Seattle)
According to Jordan White, General Manager at Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District: “My goal with this project is to create a spirit of friendship and camaraderie between our local beer stores. We’ve committed to partnering in order to create unique collaborations that highlight the need for independent beer retailers. As chain stores become more savvy in their buying practices–it makes perfect sense to pool our industry connections, buying power, and experiences.”
The tapping of Soul Proprietor IPA will take place simultaneously at Cloudburst Brewing and at every bottle shop listed above at 5 pm on Friday, March 24th. Don’t delay, as I’ve heard that only 17 kegs of this beer have been produced. So it won’t last long. I’ll keep you updated on the other beers coming in the Bottle Shop Collaboration Project series as more information becomes available.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.